Toronto Centre Island #Throwback 1999 # Toronto
Toronto Centre Island is located at the waterfront opposite the Toronto skyline. To get there we had to board a ferry boat that leaves from the Ferry docks at 9 Queen’s Quay West which is located south of Queen’s Quay between Yonge Street and Bay Street in downtown Toronto.
There are also summer cottages at the islands and a small amusement park at Centre Island called Centreville where they have carousels, water log rides, train rides and antique car rides. There’s a designated picnic area with picnic tables or we just bring blankets to spread on the grassy areas if the picnic tables are all taken already. There are 2 snack bars (seasonal operation) that sells food, hot dogs, soda drinks, pops and chips. It’s also a place where they have festivities connected to whatever is happening in downtown Toronto like the Caribbean Festival or sometimes there’s free concerts by not so well-know bands and groups of young Toronto musicians.
The park Facilities consists of 4 drinking fountains and 4 water taps that everyone is allowed to use. There’s Queen City Yacht Club which is a private club located at the islands and there’s also serviced public boat moorings (48-hour limit). The Ward’s Island Beach are with public washrooms and playground for kids. There’s also bicycle rentals by the hour at the island and the Centreville Amusement Park is nestled in over 600 acres of parkland just across the harbour from the city. With over 30 rides and attractions and more than 14 food outlets, there’s something for everyone at Centreville. Franklin Children’s Garden is located on Centre Island.
There are smaller islands nearby connected by bridges, the Ward Island and Hanlan’s Point named after the Hanlan family who was among the first year-round inhabitants on Toronto Islands. Here the park facilities are 3 fully accessible washrooms, 1 washroom/changeroom, 1 changeroom, 8 drinking fountains, 11 water taps, 13 picnic areas with 4 fire pits and a First Aid station. There’s 2 wading pools, 6 illuminated tennis courts, 2 softball diamonds, 3 volleyball courts, 2 supervised beaches (July and August), and some public phones. And the private Island Yacht Club on Mugg’s Island.
After spending the whole day at the island, it was already so misty and foggy on our way back to the city by ferry boat. When we came home from the picnic at the park that evening after visiting the Toronto Centre Island, I was confronted by a bright fiery looking sky with clouds so furiously engulfed with lights from a setting sun.
I couldn’t resist taking a shot at it, too bad there were only two frames left on my film camera, or else I would have taken more photos of that gloriously shining furious clouds!
That bright fiery looking sky with furiously looking clouds.
View taken from Toronto Centre Island.
While waiting for the ferry boat at the docks.
Directions by TTC: From Union Station take the 509 Harbourfront or the 510 Spadina streetcar south to the Bay and Queen’s Quay stop. Alternately, take the Bay Bus #6 southbound from the corner of Front and Bay to the Bay and Queen’s Quay stop. The entrance to the ferry docks is on the south side of the street, just west of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.
Walk / Drive: Main entrance at foot of Bay Street on Queen’s Quay. Enter through the park via the walkway between the Westin Harbour Castle hotel and Harbour Castle condominiums. Parking is available 1 block north at Lakeshore and Bay, 1 block west on Queen’s Quay between Bay and York, 1 block east opposite Toronto Star building.
Toronto Island Ferry information:
Fares (Include return) Rates:
Student and Senior (under 19 with
a student card and over 65) $4.50
Junior (under 14) $3.50
Infant (under 2) Free